Formed in 1981, Apollo Friends in Sport (Apollo) came into existence after a small group of individuals came together with an idea to form an athletic social group in Calgary, Alberta. The idea was to fulfill the needs of like-minded people with a sport tournament and social activities. Four people attended the first meeting.
Apollo is a volunteer-operated, non-profit organization serving primarily members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ+) communities but is open to members of all communities. The primary focus of Apollo is to provide our members and participants with well organized and fun sporting events and other activities to allow them to participate and interact in a positive social framework.
Apollo's multi-sport festival, Western Cup, will see over 1,500 attendees and athletes from across North America compete in a range of sport tournaments including volleyball, bowling, curling, dodgeball, hockey, and competitive fitness.
In addition to the athletic events, our participants attend nightly social events at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Calgary: Thursday’s Registration, Friday’s Athlete Social, and on Saturday we transform The Hyatt’s Imperial Ballroom into Calgary’s largest LGBTQ+ dance party. Then the next morning, we cap it all off with the ever-hilarious Drag Brunch.
As always, at the Western Cup Dance we have an amazing lineup of DJs and have state-of-the-art lighting and sound to make for an unforgettable night. For our sponsors, it will be your chance to get your brand in front of our guests while supporting a great cause.
Every year a portion of our proceeds are donated to local charities supporting youth, sports, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Our generous sponsors make Western Cup possible, and because of their donations, we are able to give back to the communities we serve. Though we did not have any revenue due to Western Cup 38 being postponed through the COVID-19 pandemic, we still wanted to ensure we gave back to our communities as much as possible. As a result, this year, Apollo is pleased to give back to three deserving local organizations:⠀⠀⠀⠀
The Skipping Stone Foundation, whose mission is connecting trans and gender diverse youth, adults and families with comprehensive and low barrier access to the support they need and deserve including: community, mental health, medical services and educational opportunities. @skippingstoneca
The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, whose mission is to promote respect for civil liberties and human rights in Alberta through research and education to contribute to a more just and inclusive community. @abcivilliberties
Aura, which is a harm reduction, scattered-site housing first program for ten youth ages 14 to 24 that prioritizes working alongside LGBTQ2S+, gender nonbinary and gender nonconforming youth who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness. Aura helps youth find appropriate housing where their gender identity and sexual orientation are respected and celebrated. Aura operates in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. @boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary